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AFRIK-IT  January 1999

AFRIK-IT January 1999

Subject:

Fwd: African Awareness

From:

Patrick O'Beirne <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Tue, 12 Jan 1999 19:23:37 +0000

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>Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 12:54:41 +200
>Subject: Re: UN Bunfight (continued)
>Reply-to: [log in to unmask]
>X-mailer: Pegasus Mail for Windows (v2.33)
>Sender: [log in to unmask]
>
>=Date:          Tue, 15 Dec 1998 03:52:09 +0200
>
>=From:          Chris Anderson <[log in to unmask]>
>=Subject:       UN Bunfight (continued)
>
>
>=I am pleased that de Jager (an expatriate South African) now agrees with me
>=that the Awareness phase (Phase 1) is now complete.
>=We are now battling with Remediation (Phase 2) and will eventually get to
>=Post-Y2k activities (Phase 3).
>=But it seems that the media are still part of the problem and not part of
>=the solution.
>
>Hi Chris and all
>
>I was almost ready to accept this generalisation when I went on
>leave, just before you sent this out, but unfortunately my recent
>experiences have tended to give me cause to rethink.
>
>a)  Just be fore I left I ended up in a very heavy discusion with a
>senior member of the aviation industry who struggled to accept that
>radar, radio and navigation systems, to say nothing of onboard control
>and monitoring systems, had any computer components in them at all.
>He refused to see how the year 2000 would affect aviation.
>
>b) the chief executive of one of SA's largest shortterm insurance
>companies asked me in all seriousness if the problem was real or just
>another IT marketing scam.
>
>c) a large number of people with whom I had contact asked me about
>the problem and clearly had no idea about the wide use of computers
>or the implications of "system" failure.
>
>d) traveling around the Cape and Southern Cape I found myself looking
>at the till systems, many new since last year, installed in the
>various businesses my shopping mad family patronised. (I had to do
>something or go mad!!).
>Very scary indeed this proved to be.
>Old I286 machines were not un-common in cases that could not possibly
>have been upgraded, the applications appeared to have been written in
>GWbasic or early dbase releases and in only one case in a small
>business was the date shown as 1998.
>
>
>While I accept that big business, whatever that is, may well be
>preparing like crazy it seems to me that the person in the street is

>treating the whole issue in the same way that they treat traffic
>accident statistics and traffic rules, they only are of interest when
>they effect you and since "my system is working just fine dont bother
>me with maybe stories.".
>
>I also fear that government, local, regional and central are still
>going to surprise us by being a great deal less prepared than we
>expect.
>
>What might also be a major factor is the cost of fixing. We had a
>system, already condemmed as non 2000 complient, fail because it was
>not 1999 complient either. The cost of fixing it was truly "over the
>barrel" stuff and has done nothing to improve my relations with the
>suppliers, a large german based IT and electronics company, with
>whom we have a maintenance contract.
>
>If the exploiters of this world are going to operate on the basis of
>maximising profit then the costs are going to escale very greatly and
>may even put some businesses at risk. Poor long term strategy but why
>worry if youve made enough to not work for a while.
>(Before I get shouted at I am not an advocate of the principle that
>"my inability to plan makes my problem yours". We accepted the quote
>to fix something that had slipped through and will pay it but the
>ethics of charging extremely high fees to do this kind of work, worry me.)
>
>No Chris I am afraid we still have a massive education drive ahead of
>us. Not based any more on the structured steps we have be proposing
>thus far but on planning to handle those things that go wrong. They
>will go wrong.
>
>Remedial for some but eye opening for others.
>
>Cheers
>
>Henry
>
>=
>=AREA: Article
>=TITLE: An UNreal question
>=URL: http://www.year2000.com/archive/NFy2kunreal.html
>=------------------------------------------------------------------------
>=Chris Anderson                email:                       [log in to unmask]
>=Y2K Cinderella Project                [log in to unmask]
>=http://www.cinderella.co.za           Striving for Year 2000 Compliance
>=------------------------------------------------------------------------
>=
>=
>"The old Chinese curse appears to be upon us,
> we live in interesting times!"
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 -------------------------------------------------------------
 Patrick O'Beirne B.Sc. M.A. FICS. Software Quality Consultant
 PSP, TickIT, Y2K PC software assessment, euro(EMU) conversion
 http://www.iol.ie/sysmod    Tel: +353 (0)55 22294  Fax: 22297
 Systems Modelling Ltd, Tara Hill, Gorey, Co. Wexford, IRELAND

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